I'm playing my own mother now," remarked a bemused Kim Hunter, reflecting on her new place among The Women, Clare Boothe Luce's 1936 comedy classic which will be given a concert performance tonight (29) and next Monday night (May 6) at the New York Historical Society by off-Broadway's The Actors' Company Theatre (TACT). Hunter, who played Mary Haines in the all-star Broadway revival which director Morton DaCosta put together in 1973, has graduated to the role of Mary's mother, Mrs. Morehead, for this production. The original (and Oscar-winning) Stella DuBois Kowalski is replacing another Oscar-winner in the part--Teresa Wright--who, in turn, was replacing the original cast Kitty Carlise Hart.
Tom Stewart will read the stage directions, and Scott Alan Evans will direct, the fully feminine cast, which includes Lynn Vogt, Joan Buddenhagen, Lauren Mitchell, Delphi Harrington, Kay Walbye, Maia Danziger, Francesca Di Mauro, Anne Swift, Erin Brooke Rakow, Cynthia Darlow, Lyn Wright and Joyce Reehling.
TACT, a company founded by actors in 1992 and dedicated to presenting neglected or rarely heard classic plays in "concert performance," previously rendered this season The Man Who Came to Dinner and The Beauty Part.